In Japan, an awkward schoolboy befriends an orphaned dolphin and nurses him back to health, only to be forced to hunt the same dolphin by his ultra-traditional father, a fishing boat captain.

    Samurai Posted on September 19, 2019 in Family.
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      And story idea that would fit well in the family genre.  I’m guessing this concept is inspired by the controversial 2009 documentary “The Cove” about traditional methods dolphin are rounded up and slaughtered in the the Taiji dolphin drive in Japan.

      My rendering:

      An awkward Japanese schoolboy nurses an injured and orphaned dolphin back to health only to be forced to hunt the dolphin by his father, a fishing boat captain.
      (31 words)

      I have two concerns: 1] Working out a credible sequence of events for how a mere schoolboy could save an orphaned dolphin. 2] The script needs to be written with an nuanced understanding and respect for Japanese culture, language, communal and family life.

      Singularity Answered on September 20, 2019.

      Hi Dpg, thanks for the feedback. You are correct with the background. Inspired by The Cove. I am thinking of making a family animated movie where the boy can actually talk to dolphins. (Just like grandma says she was able to when she was young ).

      Think “Free Willy” – with a dolphin – animated –  in Japan.

      Re: you concerns

      1 The boy is a human encyclopedia of marine biology information. He wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up. He nurses the dolphin back to health in a natural cove that he nets off.  So all he really has to do is feed the dolphin.

      2 I have lived in Japan for 20 years so I think I have a pretty good take on the cultural aspects. I’ve already vetted versions of the story to Japanese people and the response has been positive. Final version will be in Japanese.

      Thanks again for your comment! It helps me tighten the concept.

      on September 20, 2019.

      Thank you for addressing my concerns and clarifying how you intend to tell the story.  The dilemma the boy must confront is a dramatically effective one. Best wishes with your project.

      on September 20, 2019.
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